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Old 03-03-2016, 07:38 AM
 
Location: SW Corner of CT
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Best of luck @ SJP, please post your comments & thoughts regarding the tour, I am sure it would be very helpful for those of us considering the same but are too far away to visit at this time.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:34 AM
 
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House fire last night in SJP on Sorrento Place. Kind of remote for SJP. New home under construction, about 3 weeks from closing, total loss. Fire had been burning for a while before anyone noticed. Fully engulfed when the fire department arrived.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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House fire last night in SJP on Sorrento Place. Kind of remote for SJP. New home under construction, about 3 weeks from closing, total loss. Fire had been burning for a while before anyone noticed. Fully engulfed when the fire department arrived.
That's a shame. I am curious how a fire started when the weather has been so wet.
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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That's a shame. I am curious how a fire started when the weather has been so wet.
Yes, especially considering it was pouring down rain last night from about 8:00 on...
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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Fire inspector coming out today to try and determine cause. Pure speculation that it may have been faulty electrical, maybe a contractor trying cure tile or dry wall with a space heater overnight to save time, maybe a carelessly thrown cigarette in the attic space during the day, maybe just an old, crappy power tool or radio left plugged in over night ....

On a lighter note .. I think the final St James extension work will start soon
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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Is the extension with regard to the new gate on South East corner?
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:15 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Yes. Ditchoc is referring to the Marina extension through the new "Grove" community.
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Old 03-06-2016, 06:19 PM
 
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House fire last night in SJP on Sorrento Place. Kind of remote for SJP. New home under construction, about 3 weeks from closing, total loss. Fire had been burning for a while before anyone noticed. Fully engulfed when the fire department arrived.
Home under construction in St. James destroyed by flames - WWAY TV3
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Old 03-07-2016, 12:55 PM
 
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We returned home from our weekend visit to SJP last night and our heads are spinning. We did the package and added a night to spend a little extra time there. Here is a trip report. Arrived late on Thursday evening - picked up the package & keys to the condo in Members Club at the main gate. Condo was very nice and well appointed. Went to Mr. P's Bistro in Southport for dinner - great food and packed on a Thursday in March.
Friday - Met our realtor at the SJP sales office at 9:00 am- after spending about 45 minutes going over the logistics - off we went. The tour of the property took about 2 1/2 hours & is a great way to see the clubs, model homes, lots, & of course the marina. Since we are a couple of years from retiring - buying a lot and building is our best option. With that in mind, when we returned to the sales office - our realtor printed off several listings of available lots for us to tour in the afternoon. After lunch at the marina (met several nice people who gave us a lot of information on moving to SJP) - we spent the rest of the afternoon looking at lots all around SJP. Our realtor was in constant touch by phone & text, sending us additional properties to view. After a long day, we headed over to the Reserve Club for dinner - Excellent!
Saturday - Met with a realtor at Ocean Ridge for their tour. Good thing my wife didn't have a check book with her as she was ready to buy a lot (post card picture lot over looking a green & 2 ponds). After lunch in Ocean Isle and coming to our senses, we headed back to SJP. Our realtor had set up for us to take a golf cart and tour the lots on the Reserve from the course side. Sorry if we interrupted any of your games or slowed down play as we did visit with several couples who were playing (did I mention how friendly everyone is). After touring the course & resting for a little while, we went to the Players Club for dinner. Another great meal and friendly people.
Sunday - Went to the Marina for coffee and then looked at a few more lots before heading home.
Great weekend and I highly recommend doing the sales office tour. It gives a feel for what's going on, plus they have all the good maps.
My Observations
Ocean Ridge - beautiful property. Pricing for lots & homes are about the same, amenities are not.
SJP - as one person told us - "if you are bored here - it's your own fault". The property is not as big or difficult to get around as I've read. There is a price point for anyone who wants to jump in. The online views vs the real thing are not the same - you have to see & feel it in person to appreciate.


Our dilemma - being a couple of years out - do we buy a lot now or take our chances and see what's available a year or so from now? PM me if you have specific questions.
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Old 03-07-2016, 01:41 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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jsn0802, when we bought our lot we were on the 4 year plan to retirement (The Presidential Plan). We decided to buy the lot mainly since it was exactly what we were looking for (lots of privacy with nature preserve on 2 sides). We calculated how much we will be spending each year for the lot ($3200) and how much the lots might increase in cost (we assumed 3% per year). With that in mind the cost to keep the lot vs. waiting was a wash (we paid a little over $100K) not including loss of investment income for the $100K.


We are now on the 2 year plan and have no regrets. FYI how we came to the $3200/yr cost was taxes $500; POA cost $800; Club cost $1500 and $200 to spend at the club; and $200 for lot maintenance. We had the Club entrance fee included in the cost of the lot. These costs are rounded up.


Hope this helps.
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